Oscars 2021 predictions as best picture nominations battle it out

Hollywood is getting ready for the biggest night in film, with the Oscars finally taking place on Sunday.

Originally due to hit our screens in February, the 93rd Academy Awards was postponed due to the pandemic, with much of the awards season following suit.

Despite restrictions, a limited audience, a pared-back red carpet and international hubs, it’s business as usual for the most talked-about night in the film calendar.

Ahead of the action, Metro.co.uk has made predictions on who could be walking away with a coveted statue – and whether there will be any huge shocks on the way.

Best picture: Minari

Fans and critics alike have raved about Lee Isaac Chung’s masterpiece, following the footsteps of an immigrant family from Korea getting to grips with the reality of the American dream, starring Han Ye-Ri, Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn – with the latter two scoring their own nominations in acting categories.

It’s so hard to write about the identity struggles and do a story justice, especially when it’s based on Lee’s own, and he managed to execute it tenderly across all generations.

Although there may be some stiff competition in the battle for best picture, particularly from Nomadland and Promising Young Woman, we’re predicting that Minari runs away with it.

Best actor: Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman’s final role before his death, as trumpeter Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was an absolute masterclass.

Alongside Viola Davis, who’s also up for best actress for her role as Ma Rainey, Boseman brought the role to life in a way not many other actors could.

Boseman has this year secured a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, and an Academy Award would be incredibly well-deserved too.

For best actor, Boseman will be up against Sir Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Steven Yeun for Minari, and Gary Oldman for Mank.

Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya leads the way in Judas and the Black Messiah, starring as Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton – who was shot and killed during a raid when he was just 21, with police informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) helping to bring him down.

Daniel has swept up during awards season, nabbing trophies at the Baftas, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild for his searing portrayal as Fred 

Both Daniel and LaKeith have been nominated in the best supporting actor category, alongside Paul Raci, Sacha Baron Cohen and Leslie Odom Jr, but we think Daniel will just edge it.

Best actress: Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby stunned audiences with her performance in Pieces of a Woman, most notably for the intense 24-minute labour shot, which The Crown star put her all into.

The actress has been widely nominated for the role, but is yet to win at a major awards ceremony this year.

She’ll be up against Andra Day for The United States Vs Billie Holiday, Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman, Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Frances McDormand for Nomadland.

Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn

Yuh-Jung Youn totally stole the show as the unwittingly hilarious Soonja in Minari, and has already tasted success this awards season, taking home best supporting actress at the Baftas earlier this month.

The actress shined throughout, stealing our attention in every single scene, with her bond with cheeky young co-star Alan Kim (David) – and it’s that shine that will see Yuh-Jung taking home the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday. 

Seeing as she thanked all ‘snobbish Brits’ in her acceptance speech at the Baftas, we’re already totally excited for her winning moment.

Best director: Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao has taken the world by storm this year, and it’s unlikely to stop short of the Oscars, as she brought the world of van-dwelling nomads to life.

The filmmaker, who’s also taking on Marvel’s Eternals, has already scooped up a Critics’ Choice Award and a Golden Globe this year, but we’re sure there’s still room on her shelf.

Plus, she and Emerald Fennell, the director behind Promising Young Woman, have made history, as multiple women were nominated in the same year.

Best song: Speak Now – One Night in Miami

While Regina King appeared to be slightly snubbed from the directing category, One Night in Miami still secured nods in other categories, with Leslie Odom Jr’s song Speak Now being the stand-out for best song.

It’s a beautiful and powerful song that perfectly rounds out the film.

Other songs nominated include Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah.

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on April 26 at 1am on Sky Cinema.

Oscars 2021 nominations

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Director

Thomas Vinterberg  – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Actress in a leading role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari

Actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung  – Minari

Actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night In Miami

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best costume design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

Best original score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Best adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night In Miami

The White Tiger

Best original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Live action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Documentary feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Documentary short subject

Colette

A Concierto is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film

Another Round – Denmark

Better Days – Hong Kong

Collective – Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin – Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Film editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Makeup and hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Animated feature film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Original song

Fight For You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami

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